I'm a good girl because I really believe in love, integrity, and respect. I'm a bad girl because I like to tease.
If you're presenting yourself with confidence, you can pull off pretty much anything.
People talk about bullying, but you can be your own bully in some ways. You can be the person who is standing in the way of your success, and that was the case for me.
I don't need the Prince Charming to have my own happy ending.
I've done a lot of bad things. Use your imagination.
I see everything through a spiritual lens.
I'm going to let love lead the way, always. And I was born with this blind - blind ambition, and it's kind of gotten me here to this point. And I think that I'll stick to it.
Find out what your gift is and nurture it.
I sacrifice in my love life and my social life, but those things will be there in three or four years. This is a really important time in my life. I can't just be the girl who sang 'I Kissed a Girl.' I have to leave a legacy.
I am so grateful for all the love and support I've had from people around the world.
Sometimes I can be distracted by the glamour and the fabulousness.
I believe in a lot of astrology. I believe in aliens... I look up into the stars and I imagine: 'How self-important are we to think that we are the only life-form?'
I wanted it to be like Amy Grant, but it didn't pan out that way. My label actually went bankrupt, and I was left without a home.
Honey, I am the chief of my train. If critics want to hop on board, fantastic. There's plenty of room. The KP train is fun.
I'm happy, I'm in a good place, I'm looking forward to my future.
If people want a role model, they can have Miley Cyrus.
My personality is up and down, sassy and cheeky.
I still want to be as approachable and relatable as possible - when I meet fans and they're crying, I'll say, 'Calm down, there's nothing to cry about.'
I'm every woman. It takes a village to make me who I am.
My career is like an artichoke. People might think that the leaves are tasty and buttered up and delicious, and they don't even know that there's something magical hidden at the base of it. There's a whole other side of me that people didn't know existed.
For a modern woman it is important to be supported and that there is equality in every aspect, and that it's not two halves that make a whole - it's two wholes that make a whole.
I grew up in a life where the answer was always there, I guess. But now I'm out on my own and still looking for the answer. Nothing is solved for me.
Unfortunately, I think a lot of people are affected more by the idea of fame than the actual work ethic involved. A lot of them just want to be reality TV-type people who don't do anything.
I feel like my secret magic trick that separates me from a lot of my peers is the bravery to be vulnerable and truthful and honest.
My parents are very quirky, eccentric. They have their own world.
When I first started out, I was really attracted to having my own sense of style because I started swing dancing, lindy hop, and jitterbug.
I don't care what people say about my relationship; I don't care what they say about my boobs. People are buying my songs; I have a sold-out tour. I'm getting incredible feedback from my music.
I did a lot of thrift and vintage. I would mix those pieces into some of the more inexpensive items from Express, Gap, Old Navy, and Clothestime.
I'd never devote a whole record to heartbreak.
People don't want just vanilla. They want 31 flavors. I couldn't do what Rihanna does. I couldn't do what Gaga does. They can't do what I do.
I come from a very non-accepting family, but I'm very accepting.
I love what I do, and when I don't love what I do, I'll make a change.
You know you're living right when you wake up, brush your hair - and confetti falls out!
I'm really critical of my posture, it makes a big difference. And I try to suck my belly in. Everyone should do that whether you're on a red carpet or not. Even if you're just going out to dinner with your boyfriend you should try and suck it in.
I've lived such a great, fantastic life already, but there's still so much more.
I have always been the kid who's asked 'Why?' In my faith, you're just supposed to have faith. But I was always like 'why?'
I think we're all blessed with gifts and I was lucky I just found out what mine was early on and have planted that seed and tried to water it every day.
Sometimes if you want to achieve something great, there will be curveballs. You just have to dodge them every once in a while.
I feel really blessed because of where I come from.
I unfortunately still crave chicken McNuggets and bacon, which is the meat candy of the world.
I really like to look like a history book. I can look 1940s, I can look 1970s hippie-chic, or sometimes I'll pull that '80s Brooklyn hip-hop kid with the door-knocker earrings.
I'm okay if everything is honest and truthful and relatable. If it's fabricated and ill-motived, it's not good.
I pray for humility, honestly, because it's very easy to be caught up in this world.
I came from a different mind-set growing up, and my mind has changed.
My whole thing is to agree to disagree and to have respect because nothing can really be changed and you wouldn't want to ruin their happiness - even if that happiness is ignorance.
I think it's great to dress up and play on all the girly features.
It was so draining. Going to parties to rub elbows with so-and-so and act like it's no big deal, when really all I was doing was hoping I'd have the success they had.
I can't be the candy queen forever.
I get a lot of the ideas when I'm resting - either when I'm meditating or getting some kind of work done on my back, like physical therapy or acupuncture. That's where I get my best ideas, maybe because I'm balancing my body.
I wanted to be that quirky girl who writes funny songs that still have meaning.
I like a good boy, but sometimes you get bored.
My parents were strict, but it was the world I lived in. I had no idea there was a world outside.
I think sometimes when children grow up, their parents grow up. Mine grew up with me. We coexist. I don't try to change them anymore, and I don't think they try to change me. We agree to disagree.
I don't follow trends. I'm just not into what everyone else is wearing. I have my own look, which I call 'Lolita Meets Old Hollywood Glam.'
I was raised in a super-sheltered atmosphere where we didn't watch anything besides Trinity Broadcasting Network - which was called TBN - or the Fox News channel.
I got this Jesus tattoo on my wrist when I was 18 because I know that it's always going to be a part of me. When I'm playing, it's staring right back at me, saying, 'Remember where you came from.'
There are a lot of things that are personally uncomfortable to show, especially me without makeup and completely bloated or crying. But I've realized that it's time for me to show my audience that you don't have to be perfect to achieve your dreams. Because nobody relates to being perfect.
I've always been ambitious since I was nine years old and that was never going to change.
Everyone related to me in my circle was from church: church friends, church school, church activities. All my friends weren't allowed to watch MTV or go to PG-13 movies or listen to the radio, so I didn't really know anything different. That's how I was raised.
My sister travels with me, and she's the person who keeps me in line, whether I like it or not. I trust her and also have a good, healthy fear of her.
I like to go out there looking like a strong woman, because I am strong. But I am also a woman who goes through all kinds of problems and highs and lows.
I'm either going to go completely mental, completely bankrupt, or have the best success of my life.
I think sometimes when children grow up, their parents grow up. Mine grew up with me. We coexist. I don't try to change them anymore, and I don't think they try to change me.
I gave myself until I turned 25 to make it. And if it didn't happen, I thought I'd just try to find a nice husband.
I still believe in love, most definitely. I'm just going to let that take the lead.
People always ask me, 'What is it that you regret?' And I say, 'nothing, because I could not buy what I've learned.' And I apply those things to my life I learn. And hopefully, hopefully it helps me to be a better human in the future and make better choices.
I'm okay with having bad dance moves. I'm okay with having horrible lower teeth. That's what makes me me, and for some reason it's worked out all right.
I didn't have a childhood.
I want to sell out arenas and sell millions of records.
I'm a good girl because I really believe in love, integrity, and respect.
I have multipersonality disorder - in a very good way, of course - when it comes to my fashion choices.
I just want to make it very clear that I come from very humble beginnings, and I worked for everything!
When I was 13, I asked for a guitar. And that's how I really started explaining my point of view.
The media tried to destroy my parents and has taken things completely out of context, but there's not a whole lot you can do in terms of fighting back. You have to hope that it passes, which it always does. But they have to be careful. They didn't necessarily sign up for this.
I always knew I wanted a great man of God, someone who was going to be an inspiration for people and also be a lovely husband and father.
I grew up listening to gospel. That was the only thing that I had reference to because that was what my family was involved with.
I write my songs because I've lived them.
I don't have a Kate Moss body, but I'm very proud and happy with mine.
The press is just not your friend when it comes to a marriage. That's why we didn't sell the pictures of our wedding, and we got offered millions of dollars for them, millions.
I never live in the present. I'd do interviews and people will say, 'Isn't this great?' or 'Can you believe?' And I would react, like, 'No, I can't believe it because I'm not living in this moment.'
I just like having fun. And, you know, sometimes I just like to present myself in that fun energy.
I'll continue to try and balance like a circus act. And I will just fight to always tell the truth. Even if it's difficult.
Hollywood is so fake and people need to realize that people are just people, and you, too, don't need to be born into something or have money or have whatever product someone is hawking on you.
Honesty has always worked for me.
People love the idea of a good girl gone bad, thinking that my parents were so strict and disowned me, but that actually wasn't the case. Even though they don't necessarily agree with some of the things I do, they love me as their daughter. That's always been their perspective.
I'm not defined by where I came from. I never took part in the rules and hatred that sometimes go along with religion. But if my parents are happy with what they believe, then I'm happy to stay out of their way. We agree to disagree.
My dad would give me $10, which is a lot of money when you're 9, to sing at church, on tables at restaurants, at family functions, just about anywhere.
I'm competitive with myself, and that goes hand in hand with how I present myself. I'm not only trying to put one foot in front of the other, I'm trying to put my best foot forward.
I wasn't going to great schools, because my parents didn't believe in public education. They wanted the education to be influenced by their religion, so I was going to these halfway education-slash-Christian schools that were like pop-up shop-style education.
I don't want to be above my audience; I want to be one with my audience.
I never took part in the rules and hatred that sometimes go along with religion. But if my parents are happy with what they believe, then I'm happy to stay out of their way. We agree to disagree.
When I decide to become a mother I will just be that. That will be really important to me.
At my second record label, they told me and other female artists that some of us were going on the chopping block. I was 19... and it was devastating.
I was never really attached to a clique, and I wanted to be in all the different groups; I was never a one-group kind of person. I think that's still part of my personality today.
I'm kind of a more sunshiny person myself.
Not to sound overly cheesy but I really appreciate the freedom we have in America - especially as a female.
I fall in love every time. And I don't really fall in love a lot, but when I do, I fall hard.
I think people appreciate a songwriter who shows different sides. The whole angst thing is cool, but if that's all you've got, it's just boring. Everything I write, whether it's happy or sad, has a sense of humor to it.
I was a hop-around. I hung out with the rockabilly crew, the guys who were trying to be rappers, the funny kids.
I live a rock-star kind of life where I don't go to bed until 4 A.M. I'm very nocturnal.